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Smith Gilbert Gardens

2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127
+1 770-919-0248
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Great walk, beautiful gardens, very helpful staff!!

My family and I visited while on vacation in the area, would recommend, to anyone looking to walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nickbarrow
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Marietta, Georgia
1 mile path

thirty minutes up 75 from Atlanta is this beautiful garden. Very nicely naturalized; the outdoor... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
jay e
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Atlanta, Georgia
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With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31 sculptures, Smith-Gilbert Gardens has something for everyone. At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. The house was once owned by Mr. Butler, a Confederate railroad man, who worked the lines most of his life and was present during the "Great Locomotive Chase." In 1970, Mr. Richard Smith and Dr. Robert Gilbert bought the Hiram Butler House and surrounding acreage in Kennesaw, Georgia. Over the following 35 years, they realized their dream of developing the house and grounds, with an emphasis on unique plantings and thoughtfully positioned sculpture. Now open to the public, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is 16 acres of serene setting with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. United by woodland paths, the Gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. Our Garden is a proud member of various horticultural groups including the American Conifer, American Daffodil, American Hosta and the Southeastern Camellia societies. We are also a designated wildlife habitat by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Both our Rose Garden and the Conifer Collection have received special recognition as places to visit by their respective societies.
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“rose garden” (10 reviews)
“garden art” (2 reviews)
“plant species” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I visited while on vacation in the area, would recommend, to anyone looking to walk and explore an interesting garden!!!

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

thirty minutes up 75 from Atlanta is this beautiful garden. Very nicely naturalized; the outdoor areas are more diverse than the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful rose garden, meticulous grounds, walking paths through woods and gatdens. Bonsai classes, hummingbird banding demonstrations given on some weekends. My daughter had her wedding here. What a beautiful back drop for a beautiful couple.

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

First let me say that while I am not a gardener but that I enjoy visiting gardens and that I appreciate the labor that goes into maintaining a garden. I have visited 25 to 30 gardens and have done reviews on several of them. This...More

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Smith-Gilbert G, Guest Relations Manager at Smith Gilbert Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thank you for your visit to Smith-Gilbert Gardens. I would like to take a moment to address some of the concerns you raised in your review. Here at Smith-Gilbert Gardens, we take our role as careful stewards of the environment very seriously. In order to...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Such a unique and peaceful place, something for everyone. Great afternoon option for out of town family/visitors year round. Sculpture, interesting architecture (Butler house built 1882) and unique 15 acre garden with gravel paths and water feature. Always enjoy the native azaleas, roses, camellias, pitcher...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

As botanical gardens go this one is on the small side, but is a hidden gem that you won't want to miss! If you like bonsai trees they have a very large collection of them. If you appreciate modern sculpture, you will find dozens located...More

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Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Make sure you get there first part of September for the hummingbird banding. This is fun for the whole family. If your lucky you can release the hummingbird of from your hand. It is very educational. In the butterfly house you can grab a slice...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

This is a large garden with many different plants and animals. There is also an fairly old house. The guides are very helpful.

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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

This event lasted from 8-11 am. There were so many additional things to see! The butterfly house, bonsai garden, rose garden, wildlife trail… And for a $10 donation we had the opportunity to hold Fiona the owl! What a sweetheart. We must come back and...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

I went here for the second time in July of this year and I was disappointed. When I think of gardens I think of a large area that would be more unique flowers. It was nice to visit but I think they have a lot...More

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